Hi friends, hope this finds you doing well. I am not going to lie, this has been a really stressful week. For so many reasons, including what’s going on all around us. Even simple benign things like walking into a supermarket are different. I will never ever get used to seeing everyone in masks. Though I wouldn’t dare not wear one. Everything here in NY is pretty much still closed. I was astounded to hear we hit 110,000 deaths yesterday, I thought I was seeing the numbers wrong. With recent events, the pandemic has been eclipsed for the last week or so but that number is staggering. I was also told Florida yesterday had their all time highest day of recorded cases. It is definitely not over. Its a new world and I am not sure I like it. I wish I could click my heels and go back about 30 or 40 years…..anyone else want to go back with me:) Anyway, I periodically share life’s happenings via my iPhone which had a meltdown this week. I was without my phone for about a day and a half and on one hand, it gave me anxiety and yet there was something kind of nice about it too:) I do love that it chronicles life and it’s fun to look back and have certain memories at my fingertips…..many of which are priceless. So here are highlights (the good and pretty of course) from this past week or two. ___________________________________________ The pleasures of summer…first planted planters of the season! People always ask about these planers which only look like stone (they are fiberglass) and fabulous! Click here to see the collection You could say I packed it to the gills:) It was filled to capacity on both ends…without room to spare:) Green and white is one of my favorite combinations, a theme I tend to repeat every season. Why change a good thing? How fabulous are these white hydrangeas!! My new favorite source is Dollar Hydrangea, click here for their website Paired in some of my most favorite blue and white pieces…..love love love! We got back in the gorgeous mossy green pagodas in both large and medium, love these against the blue and white. This color is not yet added but if interested you can email or call us. Click here to see our pagoda collection How beautiful are the hydrangeas, adore how big each blossom is, thanks Dollar Hydrangea Took a big cluster of the beau8tful hydrangeas and put them on a center hall table Made fish tacos again……..yes, they really are that good. Click here for recipe Every time we get monogrammed orders in for our linens, I want a whole new batch. So many pretty combinations! Love this green napkin!! I had fun placing our new pleated sconce shades in various bathrooms throughout the house..love them. Click here to see the entire pleated lampshade collection Click here to see our pleated lampshade collection The rhododendrons in our year are blooming like mad, they are such a beautiful sight!! One of my most favorite salads to make in the summer when juicy ripe tomatoes are plentiful, and so easy! Fresh ripe tomato, Kirby cucumbers, a high quality feta, bell pepper, onion, a drizzle of olive oil a little salt and pepper. Pairs so good with literally everything. _______________________________________________________ And that’s a wrap. Not venturing anywhere that exciting due to the fact that everything here is still pretty much closed. It does not make for a very exciting start to summer, but I am most certainly not going to complain. There are such bigger issues right now. It makes me want to consciously focus on positive and pretty things even more. It is like a refuge to be able to “escape” at least a few hours a day into a world where everything is beautiful and inspiring. We need more of that! I hope this finds you doing well and staying safe wherever you might be. Until next time…. PS Our fabulous porcelain presale is well underway and ends tomorrow.Click here to be taken to the sale and be sure to throw your name in the hat for a porcelain giveaway!